Friday, February 8, 2013
With all my Heart
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
That's the word I chose to be my focus for the year 2013. I felt as if too many of my efforts had become half-hearted.
I want to live fully committed and greet each day with gratitude and hope.
In my own strength that is impossible. My flesh fails again and again and I become disheartened and discouraged.
My strength must come from abiding in the vine and living through the power of the Holy Spirit.
If I know this, then why can't I remember to live it out?
The distractions of the world lure me away from the truth and I fall victim to the lies. . .
-lies that I can do it myself
-lies that I have to be perfect
-lies that I have to win others' approval
-lies that I will never be good enough
-lies that things should be easy
The lies can only be defeated by trusting in the truth of God's Word - with all my heart.
I may not always understand.
He tells me not to lean on my own understanding.
He alone is sufficient and I can trust Him - with all my heart.
It may not be easy.
I will have to cling to the promises in faith even when my thoughts and feelings rebel.
But I will not lose hope.
He has promised He will never leave me or forsake me.
He has told me to trust Him - with all my heart.
And with His grace, I will.